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  1. Ryan K Biddulph
    September 25, 2019 @ 3:13 am

    I learned packing light is the way to go for virtually all traveling types. Go light or go home. Keen insight here.

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    • dankiteski
      September 28, 2019 @ 10:09 am

      Absolutely, Ryan 🙂 I live by the “go light or go home” principle

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  2. vorakarn wattanasoontorn
    October 7, 2019 @ 6:36 am

    Getting vaccinated before traveling is a good idea, last time my wife got the flu at our Japan trip and it was trouble during the last 2 days of our trip.

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    • dankiteski
      October 11, 2019 @ 3:56 pm

      I am really sorry to hear about your wife but I hope it was a good trip.

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  3. Adrenaline Romance
    October 7, 2019 @ 5:32 pm

    Very good tips! I’d like to add one thing though: waterproof your stuff. While on a trip, all kinds of stuff can really soak your things—being caught unexpectedly in the rain, backpack placed carelessly on a wet spot, mud splashes, etc. This can be done easily by putting your stuff inside a plastic garbage bag. Then place the garbage bag inside your backpack. The garbage bag acts as a liner, preventing water from getting inside your backpack. 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      October 8, 2019 @ 4:20 pm

      Thanks. That’s a wonderful tip, I’ll sure give it a try next time.

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  4. Heena
    October 8, 2019 @ 5:18 am

    These are important Backpacking tips that I always follow on my trips and vacation. When visiting another country, getting necessary vaccination is a must instead of spoiling the holidays by getting sick. I really appreciate the fact that you brought out here that the food available in restaurants in India is much cheaper and better. I am having my India trip in a few months and am quite excited to eat local food.

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    • dankiteski
      October 8, 2019 @ 4:42 pm

      Thanks, Henna. I am glad you liked it.

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  5. George T. G.
    October 8, 2019 @ 2:06 pm

    You have given the ultimate guide for anybody interested in backpacking for the first time traveler. I found bargaining and hitchhiking as mentioned by you, saves a lot of money.

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    • dankiteski
      October 8, 2019 @ 6:18 pm

      Thanks, George. I am glad you liked the post.

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  6. Ana
    October 8, 2019 @ 5:39 pm

    These are some important backpacking tips and couldn’t agree more with the points that you have mentioned especially taking the required vaccinations! You never know what hurdles you might witness during your trip!

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    • dankiteski
      October 9, 2019 @ 7:06 am

      Thanks, Ana. I am glad you liked it.

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  7. Epepa Travel Blog
    October 8, 2019 @ 8:19 pm

    I’m a bit ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never been on a backpacking trip before. I am rather a suitcase-type of traveler. But it would be fun to explore places around the world this way. I plan to visit Norway next spring and focus on nature, fjords… I will follow your advice!

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    • dankiteski
      October 9, 2019 @ 7:07 am

      Thanks. It is perfectly normal and I hope you do one soon.

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  8. Yukti Agrawal
    October 8, 2019 @ 8:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing some wonderful tips for backpacking and yes packing light should be the first motto. Also eating local street food is another useful tip. I loved how you liked the Indian local restaurants and tried some local street food in India. Securing our documents is the most important thing for any traveler.

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    • dankiteski
      October 9, 2019 @ 7:07 am

      Thanks, Yukti. What can I say India has some amazing cuisine.

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  9. Emma
    October 9, 2019 @ 12:39 am

    Great list – these are definitely rules I try to live by on all sorts of trips, though I must admit I’ve never thought of waterproofing everything. That’s something I’ll have to try next time.

    Emma | https://geekytourist.com

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    • dankiteski
      October 9, 2019 @ 7:08 am

      Thanks, Emma. I am thrilled you liked it.

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  10. anna
    October 9, 2019 @ 5:45 am

    I agree with all your tips here. As a ex-backpacker myself I have used all of these.

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    • dankiteski
      October 11, 2019 @ 3:49 pm

      Thanks, Anna.

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  11. Christopher Mitchell
    October 10, 2019 @ 4:40 am

    These are all important things to remember, but I think the most important is packing light. What’s the old expression – bring half the clothes and twice the money? hahah

    Anyway, some great things to think about here, so thanks for putting this together!

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    • dankiteski
      October 10, 2019 @ 2:43 pm

      Thanks, Christopher. I am glad you liked it.

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  12. Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions
    October 22, 2019 @ 2:54 am

    Great post! I haven’t really done a “proper” backpacking trip yet, but I’ve done a few that I’d say come close. This is a great guide and you are totally right about the importance of networking. Be it with locals or other travelers, many of the people I met while ‘almost-backpacking’ were incredibly inspiring and a joy to get to know, if only for a few hours or days.

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    • dankiteski
      October 24, 2019 @ 8:10 pm

      Thanks, Kevin. I am glad you have liked it.

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